On Thursday the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the Oregon labor commissioner's decision that the Christian bakers must pay $135,000 in damages - not for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple, although they did, but for emotional and mental distress.
The case will likely now be appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court.
BOLI ordered the Kleins to pay the lesbian couple $135,000 in emotional damages, saying that under OR law, business owners can't discriminate based on sexual orientation.
In 2013, the Kleins refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, claiming it would violate their religious beliefs as Christians.
"With this ruling, the Court of Appeals has upheld the long-standing idea that discrimination has no place in America", the couple insisted. The money from the judgment has sat in an escrow account throughout the appeals process.
"The Kleins do not offer a principled basis for limiting their requested exemption in the manner that they propose, except to argue that there are "decent and honorable" reasons, grounded in religious faith, for opposing same-sex marriage", the judge continued. "It was the epitome of being told there are places you can not go, things you can not do ... or be".
Their kids, too, have been impacted by the negative publicity. They are considering this option, their attorneys said. "We've tried to protect them as much as possible".
The Kleins, who have now closed their business, resisted paying the fine for several months, despite raising almost half a million dollars through a crowdfunding campaign, but they finally delivered the money, plus interest, at the end of 2015.
"Within Oregon's public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has the freedom to fully participate in society".
The Masterpiece ruling could have a profound impact on both religious-freedom laws in the US and anti-discrimination laws that protect the LGBT community.